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Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998

Act No. 74 of 1998 as made
An Act to provide financial assistance for the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998 in respect of health care services
Administered by: Health
Date of Assent 30 Jun 1998
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2009
Repealed by Federal Financial Relations (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2009
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Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998

 

No. 74, 1998

 

 

 

 

  

  

  


 

 

 

 

Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998

 

No. 74, 1998

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide financial assistance for the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998 in respect of health care services

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................

2............ Commencement..................................................................................

3............ Definitions..........................................................................................

4............ Grants of financial assistance.............................................................

5............ Terms and conditions of grants of financial assistance.......................

6............ Grants to States conditional on adherence to specified principles.....

 


Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998

No. 74, 1998

 

 

 

An Act to provide financial assistance for the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998 in respect of health care services

[Assented to 30 June 1998]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Definitions

                   In this Act:

eligible person means a person who is an eligible person as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

State includes the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

4  Grants of financial assistance

             (1)  The Minister may grant financial assistance to a State, or to a hospital or other person, for the purpose of:

                     (a)  providing, or paying for, health and emergency services of a kind or kinds that are currently, or were historically, provided by hospitals; or

                     (b)  funding projects or programs that are designed:

                              (i)  to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of, or reduce the demand for, health and emergency services of a kind or kinds that are currently, or were historically, provided by hospitals; or

                             (ii)  to improve patient outcomes in relation to the delivery of such services.

             (2)  Financial assistance under this section is only payable in respect of services provided, or projects or programs conducted, during the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998.

             (3)  The total amount paid by way of financial assistance under this section must not exceed $29,655,056,000.

             (4)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purpose of making payments of financial assistance under this section.

5  Terms and conditions of grants of financial assistance

             (1)  The following matters in relation to grants of financial assistance under section 4 are to be as determined by the Minister, or as worked out in accordance with a determination by the Minister:

                     (a)  the amount of a grant;

                     (b)  the method for payment of a grant (for example, whether it is to be paid in a lump sum or by instalments);

                     (c)  the time or times for payment of a grant or instalments of a grant.

             (2)  A grant of financial assistance under section 4 to a State is (in addition to the condition specified in section 6) subject to:

                     (a)  the conditions specified in an agreement in force between the Commonwealth and the State that specifies conditions to apply in relation to the provision to the State of financial assistance to which this Act applies; or

                     (b)  if there is no such agreement in force between the Commonwealth and the State—the conditions determined by the Minister.

             (3)  A grant of financial assistance under section 4 to a hospital or other person (not being a State) is subject to the conditions (if any) determined by the Minister.

             (4)  A determination under this section is to be in writing.

6  Grants to States conditional on adherence to specified principles

             (1)  A grant of financial assistance under section 4 is not payable to a State unless the Minister is satisfied that the State is adhering to the principles set out in subsection (2).

             (2)  The principles are as follows:

Principle 1

                   Eligible persons are to be given the choice to receive, free of charge as public patients, health and emergency services of a kind or kinds that are currently, or were historically, provided by hospitals.

Principle 2

                   Access to such services by public patients free of charge is to be on the basis of clinical need and within a clinically appropriate period.

Principle 3

                   Arrangements are to be in place to ensure equitable access to such services for all eligible persons, regardless of their geographic location.

  

 

[Minister's second reading speech made in

House of Representatives on 28 May 1998

Senate on 22 June 1998]

 

 

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